What Even is Caulk?
Caulk is an elastic sealant made from a mixture of silicone and other acrylic materials. When placed, caulk fills the area creating a seal, shrinking as it dries. This is the perfect substance to protect your home’s exterior against water damage and other unwanted exterior forces.
Why is it so Important to Caulk Before Exterior Painting?
Before applying paint to your home, it is important to seal any cracks or gaps. If this is not done, the lifespan of your paint project, and not to mention your actual house, will be put at risk by the full forces of nature. Water can find its way into even the smallest opening, and if it sits long enough, it will begin to rot wood and peel paint. Caulking before an exterior paint project is vital for a quality final product and a lasting appearance.
How Do You Caulk Exteriors to Paint?
1. Use Quality Caulk
There are many types of caulk, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. Be sure to consult an expert to make sure you are using the best kind for your project. We prefer to use elastomeric caulk here at Elite Pro Painting. It has more elasticity that allows for more movement, which results in a longer-lasting caulk line.
2. Clean the Exterior of Any Dust or Debris
In order for caulk to do its job effectively, the application surface must be thoroughly cleaned. This allows for the best adherence and seal. We do not apply caulk or paint to a home until it has been properly power washed and inspected.
3. Apply Caulk to High-Risk Areas
Some areas of your home’s exterior are more susceptible to weathering than others. It is important to caulk around newly repaired or replaced wood, without forgetting window and door frames, butt-joints on siding and all nail holes. Caulking around garage doors and entry doors are also important to seal up a home. Be sure to look for any other major cracks and gaps on the surface that may need caulking as well.
Is it Safe to Paint Over Caulk?
Yes! Almost all types of caulk are able to be painted over once they have fully dried. Not only does this usually look better, but a few coats of paint on top of caulking provides an even more effective seal than before.
Consult An Expert
Our team of professional paint experts is always willing to share what we know. We treat every home with as much care as possible and will not ask for a penny until you are satisfied. Contact us today for a free quote!